After 17 seasons in the NFL, Phillip Rivers is calling it a career.


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Rivers told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday that he is retiring from the NFL. He will make the official announcement on Wednesday.

“It’s just time,” Rivers said. “It’s just right.”

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Rivers, who wore No. 17 throughout his 17 seasons, played in 244 regular-season games, starting the final 240 of those without interruption. That streak is the second-longest ever by an NFL quarterback behind Brett Favre’s 297.

Overall, Rivers finishes his career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes. Rivers has stated before once he retires he plans on coaching high school football.

“What has helped me come to this (decision) is the growing desire to coach high school football,” Rivers told Acee. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been growing. I can’t wait.”

After a stellar NFL career, Rivers should expect to hear from the NFL hall of fame in the coming years ahead.